Photo: George Boston
43-year old George Boston of Orange Cove made a detour to the hospital before being booked into the Fresno County Jail. He was treated for bite wounds he received after K-9 Sheriff Ana was deployed when he refused to surrender.
It started after 3 PM on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Fresno.
From the Fresno County Sheriff’s helicopter, EAGLE One, deputies spotted a stolen GM pickup truck heading westbound near Butler and De Wolf Avenue.
Patrol units of the Fresno Sheriff’s Office and Fresno PD closed in on Boston as he neared Abby and Olive Avenue. He managed to escape capture by driving through neighborhoods before heading east on Highway 180.
For safety reasons, patrol units backed off while EAGLE One continued following him from above.
Boston made an exit on Clovis Avenue and then headed south, managing to avoid striking other vehicles on the road even while driving against traffic.
When he reached Sanger, Boston sought coverage in an orange orchard near North and Del Rey Avenue. Learning the GM Truck featured OnStar, officials asked the company to disable the vehicle.
OnStar cut the power to the engine, leaving Boston cruising at under 5 MPH and slowing down still. He managed to will the truck 100 feet into the orchard row before deputies fired non-lethal PepperBall and bean bag rounds through the rear window of the truck. When Boston refused to surrender, K-9 Ana was released, at which point Boston gave up.
Boston was booked into the Fresno County Jail.
He is charged with evading police, driving the opposite direction of moving traffic while fleeing from police, possession of a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property, obstructing a police officer, and harming a K-9 officer. His bail is set at $71,000.
Photos from the FCSO